According to renowned and respected Leeds United reporter Phil Hay, Leeds United are set to end their keeper search in stunning style by bringing in Real Madrid stopper Kiko Casilla.

Rumours had been bubbling under across Twitter this afternoon that it was Casilla that Hay alluded to earlier this week, something written about here on The72.

Leeds have been in the market for a keeper, many thinking that Marcelo Bielsa would be looking for a back-up to provide some depth and support behind Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

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Peacock-Farrell has been Bielsa’s go-to stopper this campaign, a campaign that sees the Whites currently top the table with a five point cushion from second placed side Norwich City.

Whilst being an integral part of Bielsa’s set-up, there has been some criticism levelled at the youngster for a number of inconsistencies said to have crept into his game.

United have been linked with a number of domestic keepers such as Karl Darlow (Newcastle United) and Kieren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday). However, it is to the Santiago Bernabeu that United turn and to Kiko Casilla – a keeper relegated to third-choice behind Thibault Courtois and Keylor Navas.

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Hay says that Leeds are “ready to buy the 32-year-old out” of the remainder of his contract at Real Madrid. It is a deal that the Yorkshire Evening Post journalist says will be completed “early next week” when Casilla flies in for the customary medical and completes “a permanent move from the Bernabeu.

Bringing in Casilla is likely to spell the end of this season’s involvement for youngster Peacock-Farrell, the 32-year-old Spaniard hardly likely coming in as a back-up.

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